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Notebook: NCAA Mauls Granting Spring Sport Athletes Another Year of Eligibility

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NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility | KUsports.com
The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and tennis players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility.

Kurtis Townsend breaks down 2020 KU basketball signing class
KU men's basketball assistant Kurtis Townsend has helped the Jayhawks pull in some of their biggest names in program history, including Andrew Wiggins and Josh Jackson, as well as multiple key five-star contributors on the 2008 national title team.

WR Daylon Charlot talks NFL influences at KU football pro day
When a player makes the jump from college to the NFL there's always a number of individuals — coaches, trainers, teammates — who have helped them do so. In the case of Daylon Charlot, there are no shortage of influences he could call upon, especially considering he's played for both Nick Saban and Les Miles at the college level.

KU's Udoka Azubuike named NABC Defensive Player of the Year | KUsports.com
One week after watching teammate Marcus Garrett become a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award, KU senior Udoka Azubuike on Monday received national hardware for his work on the defensive end of the floor.

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Shaquille O'Neal addresses appearance on Netflix's 'Tiger King,' says he 'had no idea' what went on behind scenes at zoo
The Hall of Fame center attempted to clarify his brief appearance on the Netflix documentary "Tiger King," saying that while he loves big cats, he "had no idea" what was going on at the Oklahoma ranch owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the now-imprisoned title character known as "Joe Exotic."

Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, other top sports figures join raffle for coronavirus relief
Simone Biles, Mark Cuban, Stephen Curry, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Hawk, Rose Lavelle, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Phelps, David Ortiz and Michael Strahan are some of the athletes from more than 20 sports who have donated items that will be raffled to donors who make a minimum $25 donation

Eric Reid calls for probe, revote over post-ballot changes to CBA
Free-agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added after ratification of the pact earlier this month.

Tom Brady pitched himself to Bucs brass, Tampa Bay GM says
"We had a great conversation -- Bruce and I -- we talked to him for over an hour and a half. And he made it clear in the conversation that he was very, very interested," Licht said. "It was almost like a recruitment on his part, telling us why it would make sense for him to come to Tampa Bay. The next call we made, we signed him, but it was at that phone call that we realized, that we felt like we had him."

Michael Jordan series on ESPN moved up to April
The 10-part series will now begin April 19. The move was announced on Good Morning America on Tuesday in response to fans asking for more programming while sports are on hold because of the coronavirus. The series will be available outside the United States on Netflix.

Eraser Dust

IRS Gives Stimulus Check Distribution Details, Says Payments To Begin Within Three Weeks
The Treasury Department and IRS today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and that they will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. See IR 2020-61. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

‘A Darwinian approach to federalism’: States confront new reality under Trump - POLITICO
“That is a Darwinian approach to federalism; that is states’ rights taken to a deadly extreme,” said Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor who served for eight years on the Homeland Security Task Force of the National Governors Association. “The better read of federalism is that the states and federal government work together when the U.S. is attacked, whether it is by imperial Japan or a pandemic.”

UPDATE: Short-Term Rental Data Shows People Are Seeking Refuge in the Flathead - Flathead Beacon
Now is not the time to visit Whitefish. Now is not the time to visit Glacier National Park,” Boyle said. “Now is the time to settle into your homes with your family to ride out this storm. This storm will pass and when it does, Whitefish will be here to welcome you.”

Emergency COVID-19 Loan Funds Available to Flathead Businesses - Flathead Beacon
The Emergency Stabilization Loan Program is immediately available to qualified businesses under the following terms: Loans of up to $5,000; 0% interest over the term; 12-month term; six months deferred payments.

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